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Nick Ut

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m44s
Language: english
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Civil War
Korean War

Summary:

AP photographer Nick Ut went to Vietnam War when he was sixteen. In the 70's he made very impressive-oppressive pictures of the war, the fights and the bombs.

It was dangerous for photojournalists to shoot in Vietnam. By 1972 most U.S. helicopter units had left Vietnam. It had become more difficult for reporters to reach the isolated areas where South Vietnamese troops, often surrounded by communist guerrillas and regular North Vietnamese soldiers, were fighting. It was a time when AP photographers had to travel the dangerous roads leading out of Saigon, Danang or Pleiku towards areas where fighting took place. 

The most famous picture of this series is called "Napalm Girl".

In our interview Nick Ut talks about that picture, about his relationship to the meanwhile grown-up girl Kim, about his brother who died in the 60's - and about famed photographer Horst Faas who died last year.

 

Russell James I

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m51s
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Born in Perth Western Australia photographer Russell James is currently one of the world's leading fashion photographers. Over the past decade his images have become synonymous with provocative, unique perspectives of many of the most prominent women of our time in the worlds of entertainment, fashion and beauty.

James talks with FotoTV about his nontraditional pathway to becoming a photographer. He explains of his early beginnings working as a metal worker creating metal trash bins then his stint for the Australian police force. Working for the police force helped him how to work and relate to people in all kinds of environments. James shares some of beautiful work with us including nudes of Adriana Lima and underwater images.

His work has appeared in a wide range of leading international publications such as Vogue, W, American Photo and Sports Illustrated. His works are often featured in art books including, "The World's Top Photographers: Portraits", Heidi Klum's 'Beauty' and "Sardinia", James has also been awarded prestigious titles such as the Hasselblad Masters Award.

 

Brian Griffin

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m10s
Language: english
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Robert Leslie
JH Engström

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In this FotoTV interview we talk to Brian Griffin, post-punk photographer about his beginnings in photography and he shares in-depth coverage of his work and the high-profile clients he has worked for.

Griffin started out as an engineer but soon got bored and enrolled in art school to become a photographer. He so soon met Swiss national, Roland Schenk, who had worked together with Robert Frank of the famed Du Magazine. Griffin would go on to shoot hundreds of album covers for some of rock and roll's greatest musicians.

He feels that during the time when he started photography in England in 1969, photography was not a well desired position to have and he felt he could had disappointed his parents having chosen to go into photography and leaving the secure job in an office as an engineer.

Griffin did the right thing choosing to go into professional photography having had a very successful career creating images of substance and emotion. Photography afforded him to find out things he did not know about himself. His work speaks volumes, imbedded with themes such as politics, business and his own personal issues and thoughts into his work.

 

Roxanne Lowit

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m01s
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In this FotoTV. interview celebrity photographer Roxanne Lowit discusses her early career, photography, photo shows and book projects, and she also shares some of how she goes about shooting her images.

Lowit is a self-taught photographer and according to Wikipedia, Roxanne Lowit is a New York based fashion and celebrity photographer who is said to have become as much a celebrity as those she photographed. Lowit did not go to school to be a photographer. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a degree in art history and textile design. It was during her successful career as a textile designer that she realized something. "Photographs captured images of the soul and she liked the instant gratification of getting an image so she traded in her paintbrushes for a camera.

Some iconic images Lowit shares during this interview are photos of three photographer greats together; Avedon, Penn and Newton and the three famous supermodels together; Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. Lowit started taking pictures in the late 70s with her 110 Instamatic, photographing her own designs at the New York fashion shows. Before long she was covering all the designers in Paris where her friends – models like Jerry Hall – would sneak her backstage. It was there that she found her place (and career) in fashion. Lowit says, "For me, that's where it was happening and there was always something happening." She adds, "No one thought there was anything going on backstage, so for years I was alone and loved it. I guess I made it look too good because now it's so crowded with photographers. But there's enough room for everybody."

Alice Springs

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m22s
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In this FotoTV film, curator Michael Harder shares work from June Newton alias Alice Springs at the Helmut Newton exhibit.

A lot of people know that June Newton shot under a pseudonym. But then again there are a lot of people who did not know that June Newton, wife of legendary photographer Helmut Newton, had a successful career shooting under the name Alice Springs. While visiting today, curator Harder takes us through different eras of Alice Spring and her work. There is definitely a resemblance of work style between her work and Helmut Newton’s work, because he taught he how to use a camera. But it was probably on all the photo shoots she shot documentaries of which gave her an insight to Helmut Newton’s world of photography.

Under normal circumstances there is always a “June’s” room. The curator changes out photos periodically depending on theme or content. This interview is good for photographers who want to learn more about the working relationship between Helmut and June Newton and for photographers who are interested in getting to know Alice Springs.

Lucien Clergue - Interview

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m39s
Language: french with english subtitles
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Lucien Clergue

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Lucien Clergue is the grand seigneur of the French photographic world. Elegant, white haired, sporting a trimmed white beard and rimless glasses, he belongs to the crème de la crème of the cultural establishment there. But this was not always so. As a young photographer wanting to follow his own star he bravely refused offers to work for Paris newspapers and even for Vogue in New York. Later he had to crop the heads off his photographs of nudes to avoid going to prison in the draconian censorship of the 1950’s.

Born 1934 in Arles in the south of France, Julien did photography because there was not enough money for him to go to the to Paris School of Music to continue the music studies that he had begun. Beginning with a Roleiflex he took good pictures, but to make ends meet he worked as well in a factory until he was 27.

Gradually he became well known, meeting and being helped by Picasso at the age of 19. Picasso introduced him to Jean Cocteau, who also helped by writing articles about Clergues’s photographs. Influential friends indeed!

Inspired by the great American photographer Edward Weston, Lucien began taking photographs of nudes, and of sand and seascapes. But differently, with a typically Mediterranean eye, making photographs in magical places, like Point Lobos in Carmel, California.

Clergue says that his work has had three main components: death, life, and the four elements. At first he photographed cemeteries of dead animals!

Nudes, as symbols of life, came after the death pictures. This was because because his friends were so shaken by the images of death that they stopped visiting him. “So”, he summarises with a wink, “I took pictures of nudes to keep my friends”.

H was 22 when he started making photographs of nudes in the sea. They were an immediate success. He illustrated some of Paul Eluard’s poems with them, but the censors were not amused: It was forbidden to show a woman’s sex if her head was also in the picture. So he cut off the heads to avoid going to prison!

Bulls and bullfights are also constant themes in Clergue’s photography. In fact he claims that since he was 22 there hasn’t been a year when he didn’t photograph a nude and a bullfight. The bull fighting images are, as he says, intimate. But this could also be a consequence of being shortsighted: He had to get close to take the pictures!

In a photography festival that he and others initiated (“Rencontres de la Photographie”) he included an international competition for the best book of photographs of the year. In this way he was able to collect thousands of books that now grace the library of the School of Photography in Arles. Not a bad idea…

Julien Clergue is a member of the Académie de Beaux-Arts de L’Institut de France. And he cannot hide his pride in being the first of two members to be elected to Section VIII – Photographie. The other being Yan Arthus-Bertrand.

The academy contributes some of its members to help run the Casa Velasquez, an art school in Madrid which now has photography students. Looking after these is now one of Clergue’s main activities and, he says, a great responsibility.

A central and revealing statement on his work emerges when asked about travelling. “It is not important to me. I photograph what is offered and try to bring my own world and background into it. My world is in me - I carry it around!”

See also the FotoTV Video of Lucien Clergue making nude photographs on the beach.